- 8 May 2019
These Terms of Reference set out the purpose of the Dispensing Practices Short Life Working Group ("the group"), its membership and its place in wider health and social care governance arrangements.
Purpose of the group
The group will:
a. consider the implications of the implementation of Phase One of the 2018 GMS Contract on Dispensing Practices including the role of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. In particular it will consider the implementation of Pharmacotherapy services in Dispensing practices.
b. identify opportunities to develop and support dispensing practices (including 2C practices) in the future
Outwith the scope of the group
The group will have no role renegotiating current dispensing contract arrangements.
The group will have no role renegotiating current dispensing financial arrangements as set out in the Statement of Financial Entitlements 2018/19.
The group will not discuss on-going negotiations between the Scottish Government and Scottish General Practitioners’ Committee towards Phase Two of the Contract unless input on a dispensing issues/service is requested jointly by the SG and SGPC negotiating teams.
As pay stability for Phase One of the 2018 contract has been agreed, Dispensing Payment arrangements will not be within the scope of the group. However the group should review any issues caused by the implementation of the 2018 GMS contract which might affect dispensing practices in Phase One.
The group will have no role to consider or comment on the decisions of the National GMS Oversight Group or Rural SLWG. However it may be asked for advice on aspects of Implementation with a Remote and Rural dispensing context.
The group will be chaired by Fiona Duff, Senior Advisor, Primary Care Division.
Members will include:
|Fiona Duff||Chair||Primary Care Division, Scottish Government|
|Alsion Strath||Principal Pharmaceutical Office, Pharmacy Division||Scottish Government|
|Andrew Buist||General Practitioner and Chair of SGPC.||SGPC|
|Andy Vickerstaff||Dispensing Practice Manager||NHS Highland|
|Chris Nicholson||Director of Pharmacy||NHS Shetland|
|Clare Morrison||Quality Improvment Advisor||NHS Highland|
|David Prince||Head of Primary Care||SGPC|
|Findlay Hickey||Lead Pharmacist||NHS Highland|
|Fiona Howe||Policy, Primary Care Division||Scottish Government|
|Hal Maxwell||General Practitioner||Dispensing Doctors Association|
|Iain Kennedy||General Practitioner||SGPC|
|Jill Gillies||Portfolio Lead for Primary Care||Healthcare Improvement Scotland|
|Jurgen Tittmar||General Practitioner||Rural GP Association (RGPAS)|
|Kirsty Brightwell||Associate Medical Director (Primary Care)||NHS Western Isles|
|Kirsty Robinson||General Practitioner||SGPC|
|Lesley MacFarlane||Portfolio Lead for Primary Care||Healthcare Improvement Scotland|
|Ross Grant||Secretariat||Scottish Government|
* Deputies will be permitted
Representatives will cover a range of rural/island Health Boards and Integration Authorities.
Other representatives (such as representatives from NES or PSD) may be invited to join the group as and when required.
Connection to wider system
The group will report as required to Scottish Government/SGPC negotiations.
It will advise the National GMS Oversight Group as required.
The first meeting took the form of a scoping workshop (November 2018) to ensure that the members of the group fully understand current dispensing arrangements and issues, before agreeing priorities for the group.
The Group will meet quarterly, either in Edinburgh or Glasgow with the aim of producing an end year report on their work. At this point the group will reviews its Terms of Reference and consider what further work is necessary.
Video Conferencing facilities should be available at all meetings.